Jan. 25, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won two of its four true road games this season, travels to Raleigh to face NC State Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in its third ACC road game of the season. The Seminoles have earned road wins at both Minnesota (Nov. 30, 70-69) and Ole Miss (Dec. 4, 69-64) and took No. 19/23 Maryland into overtime at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md., before falling in their first ACC game of the season (Dec. 19, 90-88). Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against NC State only a week removed from its victory over No. 3 Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 91-83) in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ victory over Wake Forest marked the 15th consecutive season they have defeated at least one ranked team and the 14th consecutive season (each season they have been members of the ACC) they had defeated a ranked conference team. Florida State’s game against NC State is its first of three in the state of North Carolina this season. Following Wednesday’s game at NC State, the Seminoles also travel to play at Wake Forest (Feb. 12) and at North Carolina (March 3). Because of the ACC’s unbalanced schedule, the Seminoles will not play Duke in Durham for the first time since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season. The Seminoles next game after facing NC State is at Georgia Tech (Feb. 2, 7:00 p.m.) with their next game in Tallahassee coming against North Carolina on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 6, 2:00 p.m.).
WAFER STAYS HOT AGAINST ACC COMPETITION
Sophomore Von Wafer enters Wednesday night’s game against NC State tied for fourth in the ACC with 43 3-point field goals made and in eighth place in the conference statistics with a .422 3-point field goal shooting percentage. He has made as many 3-point shots this season (43 in 17 games) as he made during his freshman season (43 in 32 games). Wafer has made 18 3-point field goals in five ACC games and made a career-high seven in Florida State’s victory over Wake Forest (Jan. 18).
SEMINOLES FINDING SUCCESS ON THE ROAD
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against NC State with a 2-2 road record this season. The Seminoles rallied from a 14-point deficit with seven minutes remaining to win at Minnesota, 70-69, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Florida State went on the road less than a week later and won at Ole Miss, 69-64, in the informal ACC/SEC Challenge. The Seminoles never trailed and led by as many as 17 in defeating the Rebels.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat NC State and gain a victory over the Wolfpack for the first time since Jan. 23, 1999. A win by the Seminoles over the Wolfpack would break a 12-game non-winning streak against NC State;
…Defeat NC State and break its’ 26-game ACC road losing streak. The Seminoles last defeated an ACC team on the road with a 75-63 victory over Clemson on March 3, 2001;
…Defeat NC State and win its third true road game of the season and match its road win total from the last three seasons;
…Defeat NC State and win its first game played in the state of North Carolina since Jan. 22, 2000 when the Seminoles won at North Carolina, 76-71.
SEMINOLES FROM THE FIELD IN ACC PLAY
Florida State is ranked fourth in the ACC with a .471 field goal shooting percentage and has shot better than 50 percent from the field in eight different games this season. The Seminoles are 8-0 when they shoot better than 50 percent from the field with victories over No. 3 Wake Forest (Jan. 19, 33-66, .500), Florida (Jan. 2, 27-53, .509), Minnesota (Nov. 30, 27-53, .509) and Ole Miss (Dec. 4, 26-46, .565) included in that streak. In its two ACC victories this season against Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, Florida State is shooting .533 from the field (57-of-107).
SEMINOLES FROM THE 3-POINT LINE IN ACC PLAY
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against NC State with two victories in its first six conference games of the season. A common thread in their first five conference games of the season is the Seminoles ability to make shots from the 3-point line in their wins against Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. In those two wins, the Seminoles are averaging 11.5 3-point shots made and shooting .534 from long range. Florida State made a season-high 12 3-point shots in its victory over No. 3 ranked Wake Forest and totaled 11 in its win against Virginia Tech. The 3-point outbursts against the Deacons and the Hokies mark the highest (12 vs. Wake Forest) and second highest (11 vs. Virginia Tech) single game marks of the season.
SEMINOLES FINDING THEIR WAY FROM THE LINE ON THE ROAD IN THE ACC
Led by sophomore Von Wafer’s 15-of-15 showing from the free throw line in the first six ACC games of the season, Florida State is shooting .719 from the line as a team against ACC competition this season. The Seminoles were a perfect five-of-five against Miami and have shot above 70 percent from the line twice against ACC teams – in their win over Virginia Tech (18-23, .783) and against Duke (14-of-19, .783).
SEMINOLES CUTTING DOWN TURNOVERS
Florida State committed only 20 turnovers in its two games last week – a season low nine in its victory over Wake Forest and 11 against Duke. Against the Deacons, the Seminoles committed only four miscues in the second half and did not turn the basketball over during the overtime period in gaining their second ACC victory of the season. Without a turnover in the overtime period against Wake Forest, the Seminoles outscored the Demon Deacons, 15-7, to gain the victory. The Seminoles have averaged 58.0 shots and 73.5 points per game in the last two games as compared to 53.9 shots and 72.0 points per game in their first 17 games of the season.
SEMINOLES BLOCKING SHOTS
Florida State has blocked at least one shot in all 19 games this season after being credited with one block against Duke. Sophomore Alexander Johnson blocked one shot against the Blue Devils to up his team-leading total to 13.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
The Seminoles have made at least one 3-point field goal in all 81 games of the Leonard Hamilton era and have made at least one shot from the bonusphere in 215 consecutive games entering Wednesday’s game against NC State. The last time the Seminoles failed to make a 3-point shot was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998.
THREE SEMINOLES SCORE CAREER-HIGHS IN WIN OVER WAKE FOREST
Led by Von Wafer’s career-high 30 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Wake Forest, three different Seminoles earned their career-high total for points in a single game against the Demon Deacons. In addition to Wafer’s 30, sophomore Al Thornton totaled a career-high 26 points and junior Todd Galloway scored his career-high of 21 against the Demon Deacons. Already this season, 11 of the 13 Seminoles on the roster have established new personal records for career-high point totals for a single game.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 7 pts and 2 rebs vs. NC State, 3/12/04)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (9.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 7 pts and 6 rebs vs. NC State, 2/10/04)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 8 pts and 9 rebs vs. NC State, 3/12/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.9 ppg, 2.6 apg; 13 pts and 1 rebs vs. NC State, 1/18/03)
G #22 Von Wafer (13.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 14 pts and 1 reb vs. NC State, 3/12/04)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.9 ppg, 2.4 apg; First career game vs. NC State)
G #10 Ralph Mims (3.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg; First career game vs. NC State)
F #12 Al Thornton (8.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 7 pts and 4 rebs vs. NC State, 1/11/04)
F #25 Diego Romero (4.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg; First career game vs. NC State)
G #21 Jason Rich (5.3 ppg, 1.7 apg; First career game vs. NC State)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (6.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 19 pts and 6 rebs vs. NC State, 1/8/02)
PROBABLE STARTERS NC STATE
F #3 Ilian Evtimov (8.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 17 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, 3/12/04)
F #24 Julius Hodge (18.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg; 15 pts and 9 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/1104)
F #40 Andrew Brackman (9.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State)
G #11 Gavin Grant (9.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State)
G #14 Engin Atsur (8.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 20 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/10/04)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NC STATE – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: NC State leads the series, 22-14
Last Game: March 12, 2004; NC State78, Florida State 71
Last Florida State Win: Jan. 23, 1999; Florida State 71, NC State 59
Last NC State Win: March 12, 2004; NC State 78, Florida State 71
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 23, 1999; Florida State 71, NC State 59
Last NC State Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 11, 2004; NC State 58, Florida State 53
Florida State vs. NC State, Current Streak: NC State has won 12
Leonard Hamilton vs. NC State: 0-5 (all at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NC STATE – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
March 12, 2004 Feb. 10, 2004 Jan. 11, 2004 Feb. 18, 2003
NC State 78 at NC State 75 NC State 58 at NC State 71
Florida State 71 Florida State 59 at Florida State 53 Florida State 60
FLORIDA STATE VS. NC STATE – THE LAST MEETING
Marcus Melvin made two 3-pointers in the second half and Julius Hodge scored 19 points to lead the Wolfpack past Florida State 78-71 in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals March 12, 2004 in Greensboro, N.C. Ilian Evtimov and Cameron Bennerman scored 17 points each for No. 17 N.C. State. Melvin helped N.C. State come back after falling behind by 11 with 13:08 left. His first big three capped an 8-2 run and gave the Wolfpack a 63-62 lead with 4:03 left. He then hit another three for a 70-67 lead with 1:32 remaining. Tim Pickett scored 23 points for the Seminoles who outrebounded the Wolfpack 32-29. Pickett, who was questionable before the game with an injured right ankle, opened the second half with three straight three’s and an assist before spraining his left ankle with 17:24 left. He eventually returned but only had six points after the injury. N.C. State overcame Pickett’s effort by hitting 11 of 26 3-pointers, including six of its last eight attempts. Von Wafer also had 14 points for the Seminoles, who shot 49 percent from the field.